2009 Juried Exhibition Auction
The final phase of the auction for the CPA 2009 Juried Exhibition is getting close. There’s been a silent auction taking place over the web for some time. However, there’s something exciting about gathering a lot of photographers, collectors, and other supporters of the Center in one place where we can rub elbows with each other and bid in person. That’s scheduled for Saturday, December 5, from 4 to 6 at the Sunset Center.
In the past, we’ve combined our auctions with expensive dinners at fancy places. This year, we’re taking a lower-key approach. We’re serving canapés and drinks only. The focus will be on relaxing with your fellow CPA members and acquiring some great photographs.
The first hour of the auction will be the wrap-up of the silent auction. There will be bid sheets for each of the 77 works that make up the exhibition, and the starting prices will reflect any bidding that has already taken place. As you nibble and sip, you can write your bids on the bid sheets. In the second hour of the event, Robin Venuti will give us a live and lively auction of some of the photographs, and then you can go home with your treasures.
We want to minimize the hassles involved with checking out. To that end, we will ask you for your credit card information when you register.
Here’s how the whole process will work:
- Call (831) 625-5181 between 1 and 5 pm Tuesdays through Fridays to register.
- Registration is $20 a person.
- We will take your credit card information over the phone and assign you a paddle number.
- When you arrive at the Center at 4pm on Saturday, December 5, if you are registered already, we will simply hand you your paddle and you can immediately begin bidding. If you have not registered, we will collect your credit card information and your registration fee, and then issue you a paddle number; we’ll do this as fast as we can, but there may be a line, it will surely take longer than if you have registered in advance.
- Bidding, eating, drinking — see above.
- At the end of the auction, we will present you with your purchases, and give you an invoice to sign for each photograph. State and local tax will be applied. We’ll handle the credit card paperwork later.
Remote live auction bidding. If you want to maximize your chances of getting a photograph, but can't be at the live auction,
you can submit the maximum amount that you will pay (in a multiple of $5, please) using any of the three methods described above. Make sure
to identify your bid as a live auction bid. The bid price on the web price won't change, but when the live auction occurs, the auctioneer will bid for you, staying the minimum bid increment above bidders in the room until the auction is over or your bid is exceeded. It is entirely possible that you will get the photograph for less than your maximum bid.
Email/phone silent auction bidding open through December 3, 2009
See the work at the CPA Gallery until December 4.
In-person Silent Auction: December 5, 2009, 4-5 pm
Live Auction: December 5, 2009, 5-6 pm
See the work on the web.
We've got too many photographs to fit on one page, so we've broken the images up into four groups, sorting by the last name of the artist.
Click on the link that interests you. Better yet, click on them all.
Silent Auction A through D
Silent Auction F through M
Silent Auction N through S
Silent Auction T through W
How the silent auction works
The silent auction takes place in two stages. The first stage is bidding by phone or via email. The next phase is in-person bidding at the Sunset Center on December 5, from four to five pm. The first thing you
should know is that there will be a live auction from five to six pm at Sunset Center on December 5, 2009. All the prints that receive five or more bids in the silent auction, and some prints that we will be identifying later, will be presented for sale at the live auction. Therefore, it is possible to have the high bid at the silent auction and still be out bid at the live auction. To prevent that, see the section on remote live auction bidding below.
The email/phone silent auction bidding closes at 5 pm on December 3.
If you want to bid on any photograph, you can do it in three ways:
- Call the Center at (831) 625-5181 from 1 to 5 pm Tuesdays through Sundays.
- Fax your name and address, telephone and/or email information, the name of the artist and the title of the image, the amount of your bid, and your credit card information to the Center at (831) 625-5199.
- Email your name and address, telephone number, the name of the artist and the title of the image, and the amount of your bid to the Center at email@example.com . Do not put your credit card information in the email; it is not safe to do so. We will call you and get that data over the phone.
The minimum bid increment is $25, but you don't need to worry about that; the bid price we post on the web site is the minimum amount that you must bid. If there's been a previous bid, the amount posted on the web site is $25 higher than that bid.. If we receive bids that don't meet this criterion (like $386.89), we will round them down to the next lower number that is a multiple of $5 (like $385).
Unfortunately, we don't have a fancy software package to keep track of the bids and update them in real time on the web site. We will update the bids once a day. Thus, there is the possibility that two people will bid the same amount for the same photograph. If that happens, we will accept the first bid we receive. If you provide us with an email address, we will acknowledge every bid.
Have fun, and we wish you success!
This print is not in the show, but was given to us by Jim Ginney to accompany a biographical piece about Al Weber. Jim has given us permission to auction it off.
Al Weber at Badwater, 1982
Medium: Archival Pigment Ink Print
Image Size: 7.4x14
Mat Size: 16x20
Retail Price: $475
Minimum Bid: $375
Donated by the artist
Print signed on front by artist